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Canine dental disease starts with unremoved plaque, a pale yellow film formed by bacteria adhering to tooth surfaces. Plaque build-up turns into tartar (calculus), an accumulation of bacteria that eats away at teeth and gums and can cause halitosis, periodontal disease, oral pain and tooth loss.
In all animals the ability to stand quietly at rest is critically important for health and soundness. Many dog owners don’t realize that the reason their dogs flop down on the ground as soon as they come to rest may be that they have postural problems that make it uncomfortable or tiring to stand up for very long.
Potentially serious if left untreated, dehydration and overheating can be prevented by recognizing early warning signs. While field dogs are especially vulnerable, these conditions can impact all dogs.
A seizure is an abnormal, uncontrolled burst of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can look like almost anything from a twitch to uncontrollable shaking and last less than a minute.
As a result of advancements in veterinary medicine, the demand for canine blood transfusions has increased sharply. As such, canine blood donation has become more imperative and topical than ever.
People often take their pet’s normal house training habits for granted once good patterns have been successfully established. Any alteration typically provides sufficient impetus for better appreciating the complicated nature of urinary tract health.
It is vital to pets’ health that their owners not only consider, but plan for, how to deal with accidents and emergencies. A first aid kit is a necessity which, in addition to making minor injuries easier to manage, can also make the difference between a pet’s life and death.
Obesity is the number one nutritional disease affecting our pets. As Americans have packed on the pounds, so have the canine and feline companions with whom we share our homes and, occasionally, our meals. Obesity is also the number one disease Dr. Patrick Mahaney diagnoses in dogs and cats in his clinical practice.
Often called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or Class IV laser therapy, by any name, is still a relatively new concept that is being used more recently to treat dogs with arthritis, tendon or soft tissue injuries and to promote wound healing.
Bruiser was a six-year-old Miniature Pinscher who enjoyed the outdoors but unexpectantly passed away due to respiratory failure shortly after a hiking trip. He died from a disease known as Blastomycosis which is caused by a serious systemic fungal organism that hid in his system for two weeks before showing any physical symptoms of illness.
In continuation of our “What to Expect when you visit a Veterinary Specialist” series, in this podcast we bring you an interview with a veterinary oncologist, Dr. Rachel Reiman, of Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Dr. Reiman completed her DVM at Kansas State University and her oncology residence at Louisiana State University. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a specialty in Oncology.
This podcast was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.